Columbus recycling project collecting live Christmas trees

Columbus recycling project collecting live Christmas trees

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - If you are ready to recycle your Christmas tree, the Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission's tree recycling program is in effect.

The 'Bring One for the Chipper' program will last until Jan. 6, 2018.

You can drop off your live tree at multiple locations around the city of Columbus.

See drop-off locations below:

  • Cooper Creek Park, 5089 Cooper Creek Pkwy. 31907
  • Britt David Park, 5560 Armour Rd. 31904
  • Shirley B. Winston Recreation Center, 3033 Steam Mill Rd. 31907
  • Dinglewood Park, 1660 13th St. 31901
  • Oxbow Meadow Environmental Learning Center, 3535 S. Lumpkin Rd.

The recycled Christmas trees will be reused for fish habitat at the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Center Lake. The trees will be placed in the water for spawning fish habitat, and they will provide durable shelter for newly hatched fish from predators.

William Kent, Manager of Environmental Services, Columbus Water Works and Chairperson of the Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission, said "this is a great way to recycle your Christmas Trees and add useful habitat for the fish in Oxbow Meadows Lake".

We're looking to divert these trees from our main waste stream. What we want to do is be able to recycle them in another way," said Gloria Weston-Smart, director of Keep Columbus Beautiful. "By dropping them off and having us use them for fish habitat, that will keep them out of landfills and allow us to use the trees over and over again.

Trees are accepted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trees can be left at locations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

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